Carrying fireworks in the car may lead to £300 fine and licence points

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With Bonfire Night just around the corner, experts are warning drivers that it is illegal to buy and transport too many fireworks. Any drivers who are transporting too many fireworks unless they hold a valid registration or licence to do so.

Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, warned drivers that if they are caught travelling with in excess of 50kg of fireworks, they could lead to hefty punishments.

Motorists can be fined £300, receive six penalty points on their licence and invalidated insurance cover if they don’t follow the rules.

He said: “It is against the law for anyone to buy and transport more than 50kg of fireworks unless they hold a valid registration or licence. 

“Some motor insurers will cover drivers who have bought fireworks for use at a personal display.

“However before even considering transporting them, it is important to check with your provider if you are covered.

“When transporting fireworks, it is extremely important to take safety precautions as they can be extremely dangerous if they were to ignite or combust.”

Drivers must ensure that they do not become damp, as they are more likely to leak explosive content, meaning they could behave differently when igniting.

Before transporting fireworks, motorists must ensure they are not in close proximity to any combustible materials, as being stored with such items can cause them to easily catch fire. 

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Items such as lighters, matches, electric fan heaters, smoking materials, or any electrical installations such as lights that are a risk to ignition should be kept separated and away from fireworks.

Mr Conway added: “It is also important you do not leave fireworks in your car overnight. 

“If it rains or is a foggy night, the inside of the vehicle can become damp, making the fireworks more susceptible to becoming volatile and leaking explosive material.

“Fireworks should be clear of all combustible materials, and shouldn’t be stored with items that will easily catch fire. Whilst transport cartons can be stored in the vehicle, they should be flattened out and completely empty.

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“Not to mention, if your vehicle is involved in an accident, any sparks from an incident could also ignite fireworks. 

“So ahead of Bonfire night, if you do need to transport fireworks or even sparklers, in your vehicle, check with your insurance provider if you are covered for transferring such goods.

“Ensure you aren’t carrying large amounts of goods, and take the right precautions to minimise the risk of accidental explosion.”

Drivers should also be aware of how much fuel any one person can store at their home.

This was particularly of note last year when the fuel delivery crisis was gripping the nation, leading to many visiting the petrol station to fill up jerry cans and plastic bottles to ensure they didn’t run out.

An individual is allowed to store up to 30 litres of petrol without a special licence, according to the RAC.

There is, however, no specific legal requirement on the storage of diesel in your home.

People can store up to 10 litres of fuel in a plastic container up to 20 litres in a metal jerry can and up to 30 litres in a demountable fuel tank, such as from a small boat.

Storing petrol is a fire risk, so keep it in a secure outbuilding – like a shed or garage – that is away from any sources of ignition and is cool and well-ventilated.

It should never be stored outside or inside a house and should always be kept well out of reach of children and pets.

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